Thursday, November 19, 2009
I did some research on ways to stay healthy during this virus infected season and came up with these the most: Keep your hands off your face. It's a major way for the nasties to get into your body. Stay hydrated. Stay warm. Dress in layers, keep socks on your feet. Carry sanitizer with you at all times and disinfect, disinfect, DISINFECT!
I found some really cool "make your own" hand santitzer recipes on The Soap Queen's blog: http://soap-queen.blogspot.com/2009/11/natural-hand-sanitizing-recipes.html . I haven't tried them yet, but I'm going to. If I don't, I'm going to have to get a second job to cover the cost of cleaning supplies.
On, a brighter note, me being...well, me...I found away to tie in some fun with all this ick (for lack of a better word).
I saw the cutest little tissue cozies on Martha's the other day. I decided to whip up a quick one to show you all. When I say quick, I mean quick. It took about 10 minutes, give or take. Now mine is kind of plain, but depending on your creativity level, the possiblities are endless.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
3 tablespoons sugar
1 large egg yolk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon coarse salt
Stir together butter and sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in yolk. Add flour and salt, and stir until mixture is dry and crumbly. Press dough into bottom and up sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Bake, rotating halfway through, just until crust turns golden brown, 20 to 22 minutes. Let cool in dish on a wire rack. Make filling.
1 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
Place dish on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, rotating halfway through, until filling is just set and slightly puffed but still a bit wobbly, 65 to 70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely. Refrigerate, uncovered, for at least 6 hours. (Pie can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.) Serve chilled, topped with whipped cream if desired.
Okay, to make the dough ornaments: 1/2 cup cinnamon and 1/2 cup apple sauce (store bought, not the homemade kind. Mix together til forms dough. Roll out with a rolling pin to desired thickness. I sprinkle my rolling pin with some cinnamon. Helps with the pin sticking to the dough, like you do with flour when your making cookies. Just cut out the desired shapes with mini cutters. Allow to air dry 24 hours flipping from side to side occasionally.
Hope you enjoyed this walk through the scents of autumn. Have a Happy Turkey Day and Happy Crafting!!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
My little girl is more like me...a free spirited crafter. She dives in head first, throwing in a little bit of this and a little bit of that without any rhyme or reason and some how it all works out in the end.
So. I traced and cut out a flock of little hands. Well, my son's hand anyway. My girl had a severe case of ants in the pants and wouldn't sit still for more than one turkey trace.
If you've never done this timeless activity, I'll give you a fast rundown on the how to's.
Get some construction paper or card stock. I chose white, but you could use brown or whatever color you like...push the crafty limits. Lay your little one's hand flat (or as flat as you can get those wiggling piggies to stay) and trace with a pencil. Then cut it out and let the kiddies go wild. I just broke out the crayons, but you can use paint, glitter or even some colorful feathers. Once your little Picasso is done decorating, cut out some feet, a beak and a wattle. I didn't use a template, just free hand it. Glue or tape all your turkey parts and place, write your kiddos name on it and voila! Instant turkey. I wrote the date and child's age on the back..simply because I am a kid art rat pack and save every scribble they make.
In the end I had a lovely gaggle of colorful turkeys to hang from our mantle taking the place of the paper plate jack o' lanterns that hung there just an hour before.
Phew! I did it! My first blog entry. I hope you stop by and visit again. Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting :)